I was sitting at my computer recently (of course!) typing away, and Mom came home from one of her yard sale runs looking like the cat that just swallowed the canary. She never looks that way just for the heck of it, so I turned to see what was up… and she had a light-up Buzz Lightyear sword!
I’ve never seen a sword for Buzz before, so it caught my attention in a hurry. We popped batteries in (2 double-A’s), pushed the button, and it worked like a champ. It’s obviously seen combat, what with the wear and tear. Some chips and dings, especially on the paint on Buzz’s chin. I have to assume it’s played a part in the defeat of Evil Emperor Zurg, Sworn Enemy of the Galactic Alliance and Buzz Lightyear’s arch enemy.
Given it’s bold part in defending our galaxy, the right thing to do is give the sword a permanent place of honor in my collection.
I tried to find out where the Lightyear Sword came from, but its past is shrouded in mystery. Some say it came from “Toy Story on Ice”. Yet others claim it was part of a set designed to accessorize a Buzz Lightyear Halloween costume. The truth is out there, but that’s as much detail as I’ve been able to get. Unfortunately, there seems to be no reliable source for the sword. My usual favorite, Amazon, doesn’t have any. I’ve found an old eBay listing from eBay UK, but nothing current. Wish I could tell you where to consistently find them, but so far no luck with this one.
I’m certain my new sword is sensitized to the evil of Zurg. If Emperor Zurg ever comes within a parsec or two, I fully expect it to glow in warning. Like Gandalf’s sword, Glamdring. In the meantime, I thought you might enjoy this image of me performing a uniform and weapons check.
On a side note, I wore my Buzz Lightyear T-Shirt grocery shopping recently- and it was the hit of the store! The young gentleman bagging my groceries was very excited about it. Made my day, especially since I’d been feeling under the weather. We talked Toy Story until my whole order was rung up. He offered to push my cart to the car and load up for me… but that just doesn’t seem in keeping with the uniform.
Nothing like meeting another Toy Story fan to brighten your day!